Comments on Virtual Tour of Rieger Orgelbau

Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 20:40:09 -0500 (EST)
From: (Bruce Cornely)
Subject: Re: Tour of Rieger Orgelbau

Wow, Richard!
You are one lucky man! I've only played one Reiger (St. Vincent de
Paul , Houston), also played by the Ohmerman, and it was beautiful.

The pictures of the wood working are very interesting, especially the
lovely (and I hope which is yours) flat/straight pedalboard.  

I have never seen wood Rohrflutes with metal chimneys, always "bored"
stoppers.  They are interesting, and allow for a brighter sound from
a larger chimney.

Great shot of the "roller board" and the tracker system.   Beautiful to
behold.   Saw the close-up of the pedalboard...   as long as it's
straight. Good work!!

Great site, Richard.   Um... ya got the spec's??
Bruce (stoplist juncque!)

[Specs were added!]

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 14:33:41 +0100
From: christoph.glatter-goetz@rieger-orgelbau.vol.a (Christoph Glatter-Gotz)
Subject: Tour of Rieger-Orgelbau
Organization: Rieger Orgelbau

Dear Mr Crowley,

Thank you for your mail and the photos of the tour. A fascination web site!
Will it remain in the web? I hope so!

Thank you again for this page, I will look at it more closely as soon as I
have a quiet moment.

Very sincerely, Christoph Glatter-Gotz

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 09:47:26 -0500
From: Bob Conway <>
Subject: Re: Tour of Rieger Orgelbau Online


Your Web page is fantastic!  Like yourself, I am not an organist, but a
retired Mechanical Engineer.  I also hosted a radio programme for 15 years
called "Voicings", an organ and choral music programme, for CFRC-FM here at
Queen's University, and I am also very keenly interested in scientific
photography, so your Web page is really a combination of all my interests!

I think that you have done a wonderful job, and thank you for letting us
know about it.

Bob Conway
Radio Queen's University

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 10:11:21 -0500
From: Larry Chace
Subject: Re: Tour of Rieger Orgelbau Online

Hi, Richard, and many thanks for posting your interesting collection of
photos of the Rieger factory!

Your tour was almost as good as a personal visit, and I'd like to thank you
again for making it available!

Larry Chace (also

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 10:46:24 EST
From: (Keith Zimmerman)
Subject: Re: Tour of Rieger Orgelbau Online

Richard and List,

I really enjoyed the Rieger tour. the pictures were great. Almost like being
there. I wanted so badly to work in an organ factory. I sent a letter to a
builder in N. Carolina when I was in college. I offered to do clean-up work -
anything - for almost free. I was hoping to pick up some pointers on
organbuilding so that I could, some day, build my own. That was around

Too bad I couldn't come up with some way to practice medicine Schwartzach,
Austria for a year or two while moonlighting in the organ factory.

Great job on the pictures.

Keith Zimmerman, M.D.

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 09:01:08 -0600
From: David Scribner <>
Subject: Re: Tour of Rieger Orgelbau Online


Nice site and very informative.  I actually looked at it after you did your
posting to OrganChat.  However, there is one big mistake that I see in your
descriptions.  At the bottom of the "Wood Pipes" page you have "These wood
pipes have metal resonators at the top..."  From looking at the photo what
I am seeing is a set of wooden reed boots which of course would have the
various parts of the reed stop inside of them.  The metal sticking up would
be the sockets for attaching the resonators to the boot.

Hope this helps.


Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 11:17:07 -0600
From: Robert Chesnut
Subject: Your Church


Your photo tour of Rieger is fascinating. I'm a member of a Seventh-day
Adventist church in Illinois, and I'm nearly green with the thought of a
pipe organ. Do you still attend the church in Portland that you mentioned
on the web site? Is the quality of the music program at this church similar
to the quality of the instrument, or is it bogged down in Fanny Crosby and
Phillip Bliss? Where is the instrument placed in the church?

I hope these questions aren't too intrusive. I'm just fascinated by any
evidence of real music in an Adventist church.

Bob Chesnut

Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 20:37:40 -0800
From: "David Durham"
Subject: RE: Virtual tour of Rieger online

Hi Richard!

Thanks for the "virtual tour" through the Rieger factory. Nice job. Easy
to navigate. Quick loading. Two wishes would be for higher resolution to
see more detail and larger shots. However that would have made it slow
loading and lost the people with slow modems.

Dave D.

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 01:58:15 -0500 (EST)
From: (Bruce Cornely)
Subject: Re: Rieger stoplist now online

DAMN! It's gorgeous. Wonderful stoplist, which you posted wonderfully.
You set up a great tour of the factory. I have really enjoyed it.


Date: Sat, 13 Feb 1999 16:17:41 EST
Subject: Re: Tour of Rieger Orgelbau


Thanks for the great tour.  I drove almost right past the Rieger plant a few
years ago without realizing what I was passing up! 

And I must say that the instrument in the Sunnyside Church looks most
impressive to my eyes.


Date: Fri, 12 Mar 1999 12:55:58 -0500
From: Eric Sagmuller
Subject: Reiger Tour

Hi, I was just looking at the interesting Reiger tour which I really enjoyed.
I also noticed that they built an organ for your SDA church which also looks
very beautiful. I thought I'd write because I am also an SDA. I live here in
central PA. I attend a small church that unfortunately has no room for an organ.
At least we have a nice grand piano.

I am in the process of building a 20 or so rank pipe organ into my house.
I would love to visit your church someday but I doubt I will get up that way
anytime soon. This summer though we plan to visit my uncle near Sacramento
CA. My guess is it would still be a good drive up.

Well I need to get back to work.

God Bless, Eric

Date: Friday, December 03, 1999 10:17 AM
From: Brent Johnson
Subject: Organ Web Ring Site of the Month

Congratulations, your site, Virtual Tour of Rieger Orgelbau has been
selected as the Organ Web Ring Site of the Month for November 1999.  Your
site will receive a direct link from the web ring home page.  Attached to
this email is a graphic you may display on your site in any manner you
choose.  Congratulations again, and thanks for making the web a better place
for organs.

Brent Johnson
The Organ Web Ring